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Custom Roller Skates 

Written By: Richard Humphrey 



Drill (1) 

Drill bit (1) 

Hammer (1) 

Hole punch (1) 
or Sharpie marker. 

Platform (1) 

Stable 2"x4" wooden or metal platform to 

hold the shoe upside down. 

Rubber Mallet (1) 
or plastic mallet. 

Skate bearing press (1) 

handy to install or remove wheel 


Skate tools (1) 

Skate tools flat head bit (or screwdriver). 
Power Dyne tool with 1/2" and 9/16" 
sockets and 15/16" wrench, and Snyder 
breaker bar to break off mounting bolts. 

Wrenches (1) 

Shoes (1) 

Cool, flat-soled shoes. 

Skate plates (1) 
one pair. 

Trucks (4) 

Mounting bolts and nuts (8) 

Snyder cups (8) 

These back the head of the mounting 
bolt so it won't pull through the sole of 
the shoe. 

Kingpins (4) 

These hold the trucks together and 

attach them to the plate. 

wheels (8) 
indoor or outdoor. 

Axle nuts (8) 

Toe stop bolts (2) 

depending on the plate you choose. 

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So why would you want to make your own roller skates? Because you can! Imagine rolling 
into a rink and turning heads as skaters check out your original, cool-looking skates. Not 
only will your custom skates set you apart in terms of style, fit, and comfort, they're also a 
great conversation piece with the irresistible appeal of being able to say you made them and 
they're not found in stores. The coolness factor is priceless! 

A well-made pair of custom roller skates can last you years, with countless hours of fun to 
be had. Studies have shown that 1 hour of moderate roller-skating by a 140-pound person 
burns 330 calories, and vigorous skating up to 590 calories. Apart from the health benefits, 
skating is also a great way to socialize with other skaters at the rink or park. 

This step-by-step instruction guide should be followed carefully to ensure the safety of your 
skates. And of course, always remember to wear protective gear when skating! 

Check out a video of the build! 

• Pick one with a flat sole. The plate that will be attached to the shoe needs to have contact 
against the sole. 

• Select the plate size based on the size of your shoe. The plate should be centered on the 
sole and shouldn't stick over the front or back of the shoe. Line the plate up accurately 
before drilling. 

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Use a punch or a marker to mark the drill hole locations on the shoe soles, using the holes 
on the plate as a guide. Four holes are required for each skate. Proceed to drill all the 
holes, not exceeding 1" depth on the front holes and 1"-2" depth in the heels. 

Once the holes are drilled, put the Snyder cups in place inside the shoe and insert the 
mounting bolts through them: 2 in the front and 2 in the rear. Now place the plate onto the 
mounting bolts, using a soft mallet to tap it into place. Repeat for the other shoe. 

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Secure the plates by tightening the mounting bolt nuts onto the mounting bolts, starting 
with the rear 2 nuts. Using a special Snyder break-off tool, break off the long end of each 
mounting bolt so that it's flush with the mounting bolt nut. 

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• At this point, use a small hammer to flatten the ends of the mounting bolts so there are no 
rough edges. 

• Mount all 4 trucks. Start by loosening up the kingpin nut about 1/4 turn. Now hand-tighten 
the kingpin into the plate. This will eliminate any chance of stripping the threads inside the 
plate. Once the kingpin is in place, tighten the kingpin nut to the base of the plate. Using an 
1 1/16" open wrench, back off the nut 1 turn. Then, using a 9/16" socket wrench, tighten the 
kingpin into the plate, compressing the cushions slightly. 

• Do not overcompress the cushions. This will cause the skate to have no side-to- 
side movement. 

• This step is one of the most crucial parts of adjusting a skate for movement. If too loose, 
the skate will tend to lean too much to the left or right without any control. If too tight, the 
skate will act on its own by shifting more to one side than the other. With both hands on 
the truck, test the movement for insufficient or excess play in the trucks, and adjust 

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Place the wheels on the axles and position each axle nut in place. 

• Using a drill or skate tool and a 1/2" socket, tighten each axle nut firmly onto the wheel. 
Once firm, back the axle nut off 1/8 of a turn to allow the wheels to spin freely. Test by 
spinning the wheel with your hand. If the wheel abruptly stops, slight adjustment is needed. 

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Install the toe stops, using a 5/16" or 5/8" bolt depending on your plate. 

Inspect the skates thoroughly. Lace up and roller-skate on a smooth surface. You're now 
ready to roll in your custom-made roller skates! 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 07 , pages 62-65. 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 0-31 05:04:1 6 PM. 

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